Places I Remember with Lea Lane

Dubai And Abu Dhabi: Living It Up(scale) In The UAE

September 28, 2021 Geraint Isitt is an expat Canadian who has lived in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Season 1 Episode 35
Places I Remember with Lea Lane
Dubai And Abu Dhabi: Living It Up(scale) In The UAE
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Canadian expat Geraint Isitt has lived in the Middle East for 14 years, most of them in Dubai, the modern metropolis in the United Arab Emirates.

We talk of the history of Dubai, and Lea remembers when she first visited in the 1980s, when it was a small desert town.

Safety, expenses, heat, geography, outdoor activities, and lodgings from the opulent seven-star Burj Al Arab, to more inexpensive lodgings -- we discuss them all.

Geraint talks of Dubai's giant malls with skiing and penguins; beaches, the Burg Khalifa, tallest building in the world; the souks of the old quarter;  the desert, Palm Island, and what's new, including a restaurant hanging in the sky.

And he takes us on a day-trip to Abu Dhabi, focusing on the Grand Mosque, before telling us his favorite memory.
Geraint Isett is a writer and photographer who has lived in Dubai and currently lives in Abu Dhabi.
Podcast host Lea Lane blogs at, has traveled to over 100 countries, written nine books, including Places I Remember, and contributed to guidebooks. She's @lealane on Twitter; Travelea on Insta; on  Facebook, it's Places I Remember by Lea Lane. Website: placesirememberlealane.comPlease follow, rate and review this weekly travel podcast!

History of Dubai
Expensive city?
The heat
The Geography
Outdoor activities
The opulent Burj al Arab
Less expensive lodgings
Dubai Mall and Mall of the Emerites--with indoor skiing and penguins
Burg Khalifa
Old Quarter and Souks
Desert areas
Palm Islands
What's new in Dubai, from Palm Fountain to Digital Art Museum
Daytrip to Abu Dhabi
Food and a restaurant hanging in the sky
Favorite memory